Junior Tour Fall Series V: Diablo Grande – The Ranch
September 27-28, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Fall Series V at Diablo Grande
MONTEREY, Calif. (September 29, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2015 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Fall Series V Championship at Diablo Grande Golf and Country Club in Patterson.
San Ramon resident Ashkaan Hakim shot 3-under 141 and San Ramon resident Belinda Hu shot 4-over 146 to win their respective divisions at the Fall Series V Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Diablo Grande-The Ranch.
The big difference for Hakim, who claimed his first win of the season, was a solid second round 2-under 70 which saw him card three birdies and only one bogey. He’d get to a total of 3-under with birdies on holes No.1 and No.3 to start his day. Hakim later bogeyed the par-3 7th, but made up for it with another birdie on the 15th to win by two strokes.
In his first round, Hakim was able to post four birdies, but he also slipped with three bogeys for a 71. He’d end Saturday’s round trailing leader Lucas Carper of San Jose, who shot a 69, by two strokes.
Thanks to his steady play on Sunday, Hakim was able to hold off a slew of challengers including Palo Alto’s Ahmed Ali, Deane Rinaldi of Santa Cruz and Kevin Velo of Danville.
Ali, who opened with a 75 on Saturday, made a run by carding a sensational second round 68 that featured five birdies and just one bogey. Ali started with back-to-back birdies and added another pair on the 16th and 17th to come in at 143.
Also trying to catch Hakim were Rinaldi and Velo, who both opened with identical 73’s.
Rinaldi got back to 1-under with birdies on No.5 and No.13, but he’d lose steam with a bogey on the 14th for a 70. With birdies on holes No.5, No.6 and No.9, Velo reached a total of 2-under. He’d fall back with bogeys on holes No.12 and No.13.
In a card-off, Ali was awarded second place, while Rinaldi took third. Finishing in a tie for fifth in the Boys’ Championship at 144 were Fremont’s Louie Chen and Santa Rosa’s Scott Mitchell, who had final rounds of 71 and 72, respectively. Carper fell into a tie for seventh with a 76.
In winning the Girls’ Championship, Hu also had to fend off multiple threats.
After Saturday’s first round, Hu was tied atop the leaderboard with Yealimi Noh at 72. On Sunday, Hu quickly got to 2-under with birdies on holes No.2 and No.6, but she’d fall back to the pack by carding four bogeys the rest of the way for a 74.
Still, it was good enough for a one stroke win.
Noh, who hails from Concord, opened her second round by bogeying holes No.2 through No.5. The 2014 California Junior Girls’ State Championship winner got back to 4-over with a birdie on the 8th, but then fell behind again with bogeys on the 12th and 13th. A final birdie on the 14th gave her a 75 and 147 total.
While Hu and No see-sawed, both Katherine Zhu of San Jose and Simar Singh of Los Altos also entered the picture.
Coming off a 74, Zhu shot a 73 that included 16 pars but also two crucial bogeys. Singh, meanwhile, was stung by a back-nine that included two bogeys and a double-bogey on the 11th. She’d shoot 74 to join Noh and Zhu at 147.
In another card-off, Noh was awarded second place, with Zhu placing third.
San Ramon’s Yoonhee Kim finished alone in fifth place at 148 after a final round 73.
Things were also tight in the Boys’ First Flight Championship. There, both San Jose’s Sebastian Iqbal and Carmel’s George McNeely came in tied at 145 after second rounds of 72 and 70, respectively. Iqbal would take the title, winning the first hole of a sudden death playoff.
Iqbal had made birdies at holes No.11 and No.16 to get to 2-over, but he finished with a bogey on the 18th. McNeely got to 3-over with a clutch birdie on the par-4 12th.
Griffin Long of Davis placed third in the Boys’ First Flight at 147 following a final round 73. Both Rahan Dalal of Fremont and Brad Sparrer of Hollister finished tied for fourth at 148 after Sunday rounds of 70 and 74, respectively.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Carissa Wu of Dublin took the title, shooting rounds of 79-83 to come in at 162.
Finishing in second place at 164 following a final round 81 was San Jose resident Audrey Heckel. Taking third at 167 was Dublin’s Madison Wu after a Sunday 81.
The Fall Series continues with the Fall Series VI Championship, to be held October 4-5 at Greenhorn Creek Golf Club in Angels Camp.
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